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Radio? Not interested « Engineering Radio

Radio? Not interested « Engineering Radio | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Thurst

April 24, 2013

 

With the pending LPFM filing window in October, I decided that perhaps I could spread the information to some local groups that might want to put a community radio station on the air where I live. Back over a decade ago, there were a couple of local commercial AM and FM stations in the area, but they moved out of town to a larger city some 24 miles to the east.  If local legend is to be believed, the AM station was very popular, with its studios and offices over the local pharmacy. That station is now running 24/7 comedy, which given the area, is ironic almost beyond words. As it stands now, this is one of those rural areas that, on paper, looks well served by several different radio stations. Truth is, there are radio signals receivable here, but there is no local radio. The last time anyone from those previously local stations had a meaningful thought about the respective Cities of License was months if not years ago.

 

With all this in mind, I first approached a local community non-profit group. They seemed mildly interested, but expressed doubt about finding a studio location. Their basic take was, we can help, but we want others involved. Seemed to be a lukewarm, but understandable and not totally unwarranted response.

 

I then approached the local school board. The idea was to get the high school involved with the station broadcasting sports events and teaching kids how to do play by play and perhaps other types of radio shows. They fainted interest at first, then decided that they didn’t have the staff to deal with a broadcast program and there were other excuses like “liability issues.”

 

I then approached the local governments (two different towns) who were almost openly hostile to the idea. While they didn’t say as much to my face, they rather implied that it would be a waste of time and the town(s) were not interested.

 

I have approached other local groups, which don’t seem to be interested at all.

 

Has radio lost its mojo with the local population? Are we who still remain in the radio business simply fooling ourselves into thinking that somehow this is important? I don’t know.

 

The hazards of rural LPFM; large area, few people, generalized indifference.

 

Original blog post, with comments, here: http://www.engineeringradio.us/blog/2013/04/radio-not-interested/

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Looking into the definition of community radio : Vernonbroadcaster

Looking into the definition of community radio : Vernonbroadcaster | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Terry O'Connor

July 28, 2014

 

WDRT prides itself on being the area’s only community radio station. But what is community radio, anyway and where did it come from?

 

The first community radio stations in the United States were formed shortly after World War II, when the Federal Communications Commission reserved the lower portion of the FM radio band – from 88 to 92 Mhz – for noncommercial educational broadcasting. While originally intentioned as a resource for large institutions such as schools, churches and universities, some citizens recognized it as an opportunity for radio to be put directly in the hands of The People.

 

Historically, radio broadcasting was exclusively the realm of paid professionals, and stations were dependent on selling advertising to cover costs and to provide profits for their private owners. Access to the airwaves was highly restricted, and the scope, perspective and type of programming available was limited to what was most profitable.

 

More here: http://lacrossetribune.com/vernonbroadcaster/news/opinion/looking-into-the-definition-of-community-radio/article_38cdd169-2b55-55e3-89b1-e3d350e06c69.html

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RALEIGH: Community radio station hopes to broadcast to Northeast Raleigh | Raleigh | NorthRaleighNews.com

RALEIGH: Community radio station hopes to broadcast to Northeast Raleigh | Raleigh | NorthRaleighNews.com | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Sarah Barr

July 27, 2014

 

RALEIGH — A new community radio station plans to be on the air providing a blend of music and talk for a northeastern stretch of the city by early 2015.

 

Oak City Media, the nonprofit behind the low-power FM (LPFM) station known as 101.9 WKRP, wants to provide listeners with a mix of entertainment and hyperlocal information that commercial stations cannot because of their larger audiences and reliance on advertising dollars.

 

An LPFM station has more freedom to provide local information, whether it’s an in-depth weather report or the latest on community events.

 

“Hopefully the people of Northeast Raleigh will see it as a resource, and hopefully they will help in any way they can,” said D.P. McIntire, executive director of the group.

 

More here: http://www.northraleighnews.com/2014/07/27/4032489/community-radio-station-hopes.html

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The Diverse Voices And Programming Of College Radio

The Diverse Voices And Programming Of College Radio | LPFM | Scoop.it

New Haven Living

July 17, 2014

 

The voices you heard reading the news on the local college station this morning or shouting out the final minutes of the basketball game last night might very well be the national radio personalities of tomorrow.

 

Whether they have shiny new equipment or broadcast from an used equipment closet, college radio stations usually attract a fascinating mix of personalities including long-time community voices, insomniacs, alt-rock geeks, media students, armchair psychologists and opinionated activists.

 

But no matter what their mix of programming is this week, month or year, they are delightfully different from the commercial mainstream market – as undeniably local as the neighborhood bar or mom-and-pop deli.

 

More here: http://www.courant.com/new-haven-living/cover-stories/nhl-the-diverse-voices-and-programming-of-college-radio-20140717,0,255433,full.story

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(Lo) Power to the People: Lexington has a new radio station on the way (and a patron saint)

(Lo) Power to the People: Lexington has a new radio station on the way (and a patron saint) | LPFM | Scoop.it

By Patrick O'Dowd

July 2, 2014

 

Lexington is no stranger to small-scale, independent radio. In fact, many of the minds behind the creation of the UK’s WRFL college radio have helped to rally behind a new project in Lexington initiated by local activist, Debra Hensley. This new station though will have an even narrower scope with hopes of handing the microphone directly to the masses.

 

The new station, which in the future will be found at 95.7 FM, is the product of a new type of license only recently made available again by the FCC. These Low Power FM (LPFM) stations cover only a micro-broadcast area—roughly 3-5 miles—but that narrow area allows the station to hone in on a specific community’s unique needs glossed over or ignored by larger (often corporate) radio stations.

 

The station, 95.7 FM. will operate under a “public safety” designation which means a portion of its programming must be dedicated to the topic. That can cover anything from emergency preparedness to issues of wellness or passing along “micro-level” information from Lexington’s first responders.

 

More here: http://www.aceweekly.com/2014/07/lo-power-to-the-people-lexington-has-a-new-radio-station-on-the-way-and-a-patron-saint/

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Radio World: Learn About LPFM Best Practices “For the Long Haul”

Radio World: Learn About LPFM Best Practices “For the Long Haul” | LPFM | Scoop.it

July 1, 2014

 

A new webinar, sponsored by Crown Broadcast and WorldCast Systems, will explore the past and current practical applications of low-power FM radio. WorldCast makes Ecreso transmitters.

 

July 9 at 1 p.m. EST, speakers WorldCast’s Tony Peterle, Crown’s Kent Koselke and Don Pettifor will explain “LPFM for the Long Haul” to those who registered online here.

 

“We will discuss methods to increase reliability. The importance of support, maintenance and reliability, of course we will be talking in detail about the Crown FME line for LPFM from 300 watts up to 1kW and all of its value added features,” said Koselke.

 

See more at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/learn-about-lpfm-best-practices-“for-the-long-haul”/271136

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FCC staff reports fast clip for processing of LPFM apps | Current.org

FCC staff reports fast clip for processing of LPFM apps | Current.org | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Ben Mook

June 16, 2014

 

FCC commissioners got an update Friday on the status of low-power FM applications, six months after the closing of the most recent LPFM application window.

 

The FCC received 2,826 applications for low-power stations during the window, which ran from Oct. 17 to Nov. 15, 2013. As of April, FCC staff had granted permits to more than 1,200 of those applicants. They said Friday at a meeting of FCC commissioners that they expect to approve a total of 1,500 to 1,800 applications.

 

Meanwhile, FCC staffers are working to sort through 6,350 pending applications for FM translators, which will help to guarantee maximum availability of spectrum for use by new LPFMs.

 

Commissioners also learned that the FCC’s legal department is addressing an “unprecedented” number of objections to LPFM applications.

 

More at: http://www.current.org/2014/06/fcc-staff-reports-fast-clip-for-processing-of-lpfm-apps/#sthash.9HJtDrK0.dpuf

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Zydeco and Justice: Louisiana's Hyperlocal KOCZ Builds Community and Self-Reliance

Zydeco and Justice: Louisiana's Hyperlocal KOCZ Builds Community and Self-Reliance | LPFM | Scoop.it
Low-power FM radio stations bring a much-needed focus on local issues and culture.

 

by Christine St. Pierre

June 11, 2014

 

The many possibilities for low-power FM radio are inspiring. KOCZ Opelousas Community Radio in southern Louisiana celebrates local culture like zydeco, the accordion-and-washboard dance music rooted in the area’s Creole, French, and African American heritage. It also covers local politics—it’s the first radio station owned by a civil rights organization. In Northampton, Mass., WXOJ Valley Free Radio started broadcasting a program during the Occupy movement that continues to update listeners on local protests, groups, and larger issues. The program’s name? “Occupy the Airwaves,” of course.

 

More here: http://www.yesmagazine.org/issues/the-power-of-story/zydeco-justice-louisiana-s-hyperlocal-kocz-builds-community-and-self-reliance

 

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LPFM Watch: MX Groups in West to Be Processed Soon, 3 More Granted LPFMS, Growing Gardens Turns Back Permit - Radio Survivor

LPFM Watch: MX Groups in West to Be Processed Soon, 3 More Granted LPFMS, Growing Gardens Turns Back Permit - Radio Survivor | LPFM | Scoop.it
This week's LPFM radio news includes three newly granted applications, word about how the FCC will handle MX groups, and a turned back permit in Oregon.

 

by Jennifer Waits

June 5, 2014

 

Although it was another slow week for LPFM application grants, we are hearing details about how the FCC may handle the large number of pending applicants facing competition from other groups. These so-called mutually exclusive, or MX, applicants are waiting to hear the status of their applications. According to Michi Eyre of REC Networks, the FCCoutlined its plans for MX groups during a LPFM workshop at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters (NFCB) conference last Thursday. Audio Division Chief Peter Doyle, Assistant Chief James Bradshaw and Staff Attorney Parul Desai were guests during the workshop hosted by attorney Michael Couzens. Eyre explained that during the workshop, attendees learned that applications have been processed in a much quicker manner than in the previous LPFM window. 

 

More here: http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/06/05/lpfm-watch-2/

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FCC outlines plans for LPFM MX handling. Western USA will be up first. | REC Networks

by Michi Eyre

May 30, 2014

 

On Thursday at the annual National Federation of Community Broadcasters conference in Reston, VA, an LPFM workshop was hosted by communications attorney Michael Couzens and featured guests from the FCC including Audio Division Chief Peter Doyle, Assistant Chief James Bradshaw and Staff Attorney Parul Desai.  

 

On singleton handling, Desai has stated that many of the informal objections and petitions to deny are questioning whether applicants are truly non-profit and whether they are actually local.  Many of these Petitions have been denied (thus granting the application).  While the Commission has been working fast on addressing these types of objections, those petitions that address complicated issues will take more time, Desai stated.  Peter Doyle has stated on singleton handling, the FCC staff has done more in the first 4 months of this window than they did in the first 4 years of the previous LPFM window, 14 years ago.  During the last window, application processing was "interrupted" by Congress passing the Radio Broadcast Protection Act resulting in theinvalidation of hundreds of applications that were third-adjacent channel short spaced. Doyle states that it is the Audio Division's goal to "get initial licensing decisions in calendar year 2014. It will take resources where I am not sure where they will come from."

 

More here:  http://home.recnet.com/node/622

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Do local zoning committees have say over LPFM signals?

Do local zoning committees have say over LPFM signals? | LPFM | Scoop.it
If some local city official drops by your Low Power FM asking RFI questions, what do you say?

 

by Matthew Lasar

May 30, 2014

 

There’s an interesting conversation happening at our Radio Survivor discussion forum. Forum member Paul writes:

 

“We have an FCC license for a LPFM for our community. While seeking a permit to construct a tower, the zoning committee expressed a concern that function of the wireless telephones, cell phones, TVs, etc., in our area would be interfered with by our station. I fail to see that the low power output of a well-designed commercial transmitter would cause such interference, but need some references to which to refer the committee.”

 

To which forum participant Tightboard responds:

 

“Do not get caught up in dueling technical opinions. Zoning commissions have no authority whatsoever over radiofrequency interference [RFI]. They cannot legally deny permission to holders of FCC licenses and construction permits on the basis that their stations might cause interference to home equipment...."

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/05/30/local-zoning-committees-say-low-power-fm-signals/

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LPFM News: Low-Power FM on the Next FCC Meeting Agenda

LPFM News: Low-Power FM on the Next FCC Meeting Agenda | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

May 29, 2014

 

In perhaps the slowest week in LPFM news so far this year, only two additional applications were approved. They went to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, in Tulsa, and the Fayette Community Service Organization in Fayette, Mississippi.

 

This doesn’t mean that low-power FM isn’t still on the front burner. The FCC’s five commissioners–along with the rest of us–will hear a presentation with an update on low-power FM at the agency’s June open meeting, Friday, June 13. 

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/05/29/lpfm-news-low-power-fm-next-fcc-meeting-agenda/

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Podcasting News: From Broadcast to Podcast

Podcasting News: From Broadcast to Podcast | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

May 28, 2014

 

In this week’s podcasting news updates there are two new podcasting networks. One comes from the mainstream public radio world, while the other comes from the universe of local commercial morning shows.

PRI Launches SoundWorks

Public Radio International is catching up with NPR and PRX by starting its own podcast network. According to the network SoundWorks is “a set of PRI personalities who will expose and explore issues that are shaping both daily life and global trends.”

 

At launch the network has four shows: One with Farai, hosted by journalist Farai Chideya; Sideshow hosted by Studio 360’s Sean Rameswaram; Radio Ambulante Unscripted, which is an English-language offshoot of novelist/journalist Daniel Alarcón’s Spanish-languageRadio Ambulante show; and The World in Words, hosted by Patrick Cox, who runs the “language desk” for PRI’s daily news magazine, The World.

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/05/28/podcasting-news-broadcast-podcast/

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Nothin’ but static: SG tunes out Spinnaker broadcast equipment request

Nothin’ but static: SG tunes out Spinnaker broadcast equipment request | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Alex Wilson

May 27, 2014

 

Thanks to Student Government inaction, UNF is set to stay without a radio station for the indefinite future and remain in the Dark Ages.

 

The FCC, after waiting for more than a decade, has finally granted Spinnaker Radio permission to build and broadcast a Low Power FM radio station to benefit the student body and the City of Jacksonville. But Student Government (SG) doesn’t seem to support the idea of a student-run broadcast station, even though UNF’s Board of Trustees are named as the license holders.

 

An LPFM station is a limited range radio station with a broadcasting radius of 3.5 miles — or 38 square miles. If built, Spinnaker Radio — 95.5 WSKR — could potentially reach an audience of more than 42,000 people (not including student commuters and residents of the new apartments, condos, and single-family homes being built along Beach Boulevard, at the Town Center, and in other places within the station’s broadcast pattern). UNF’s station could eventually expand to cover the entire Jacksonville metropolitan area.

 

More here:  http://unfspinnaker.com/nothin-but-static-sg-tunes-out-spinnaker-broadcast-equipment-request/

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Guel hit with more dismissals | REC Networks

by Miche Eyre

July 28, 2014

 

On Monday, the FCC has dismissed 8 applications that were assisted by Hispanic Christian Community Network that is headed by Antonio Cesar Guel.  These dismissals include two dismissals in Minneapolis and one in Seattle.  The remaining dismissals were in Wisconsin and Texas. 

 

In these dismissals, the Commission sent a Letter of Inquiry to the tower owners to verify that either HCCN or the "applicant" received assurance (permission) to use that site for their tower.  In these cases, the tower owners make swom statements that they did not provide assurance to either HCCN or the "applicant". 

 

As site assurance had not been arranged on the date of application, the applications were dismissed by Peter Doyle, Chief of the FCC's Audio Division in the Media Bureau. 

 

More here: http://home.recnet.com/node/631

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LPFM News: Dismissals due to Lack of Non-Profit Status, Plus New Arts and HS Stations - Radio Survivor

LPFM News: Dismissals due to Lack of Non-Profit Status, Plus New Arts and HS Stations - Radio Survivor | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Jennifer Waits

July 24, 2014

 

In LPFM news this week, most of the action is happening behind the scenes, with groups working to amend applications and work on potential settlement agreements. As Paul mentioned last week, REC Networks is monitoring the progress of various MX groups in the West.

 

Only a few applications have been granted in the past few weeks, including Spring Valley High School in Huntington, West Virginia on July 15 and Chrysalis Institute in Mariposa, California on July 21. A number of applications were dismissed this week, largely due to ineligibility because entities were not registered non-profits.

 

More here: http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/07/24/lpfm-watch-mm-dismissals-lpfm-news/

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Monday profile: Lowndes County man looking to put literature on airwaves

Monday profile: Lowndes County man looking to put literature on airwaves | LPFM | Scoop.it

by William Browning

July 7, 2014

 

The words of James Joyce going into West Point homes over the airwaves. The poems of Samuel Taylor Coleridge crackling through the speakers of a car in Columbus. The tall tales of Mark Twain heard at night across the prairie.


That is the vision of one Lowndes County man.

 

Chris Howard, a 52-year-old with an appreciation of the written word, wants to create a Golden Triangle radio station called "Classic Book Radio" that only broadcasts prerecorded readings of classic literature. 

 

"No rap music, no country western, no Rush Limbaugh, just people reading," is what his station's website says. 

 

"Literacy is the goal," Howard says. 

 

More here: http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=34646

 

It's a novel idea -- Howard believes it might be the first of its kind -- and it might happen. 

 

Read more: http://www.cdispatch.com/news/article.asp?aid=34646#ixzz37wWPlivN

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Floyd Central sends school radio license back to FCC

Floyd Central sends school radio license back to FCC | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Grace Schneider

July 3, 2014

 

On paper, the idea of creating a second student-run radio station for the New Albany-Floyd County school system at Floyd Central High School seemed like a win-win proposition.

 

More students could learn about broadcasting, call ball games and create their own programs. Floyd Central students also wouldn’t have to split air time with their peers at New Albany High, where the nation’s oldest student-run station, WNAS, is an institution.

 

But an internal controversy erupted over plans advanced by administrators for Floyd Central’s FM station, and without fanfare and before the matter was aired publicly, Floyd Central PTO and school administrators wrote the Federal Communications Commission this week saying it would relinquish the license approved in February.

 

More here: http://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/indiana/2014/07/03/floyd-central-sends-school-radio-license-back-fcc/12193509/

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Low-Power Radio Is Incomplete | c2meworld.com

Low-Power Radio Is Incomplete | c2meworld.com | LPFM | Scoop.it

The FCC had granted more than 1,200 low-power additional FM applications as of early June. The Audio Division expects that number to grow to some 1,500 to 1,800 by year-end. In 2000–01, the commission granted 1,325 LPFM CPs; of those, some 774 were on-air as of March 31. Map source: FCC 

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by Don Schellhardt

July 2, 2014

 

This commentary is substantive but it’s also personal. Low-power FM radio has been my primary passion in life for the last 16 years. In 1997, I joined electronics technician and inventor Nickolaus Leggett in a Petition for Rulemaking to the FCC (RM-9208, later merged into MB Docket 99-25). This made me one of the first two parties to propose LPFM. In 1998, when the FCC began deliberations on LPFM, I co-founded, and led, The Amherst Alliance, an Internet-based citizens’ group that lobbied for LPFM.

 

In 2011, Congress enacted the Local Community Radio Act, mandating a major expansion of the LPFM radio service. At that time, I promised myself that I would phase out of LPFM activism and move on to other issues once the FCC had completed LCRA implementation.

 

More at: http://www.c2meworld.com/management/low-power-radio-is-incomplete/

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Tom Eblen: New Lexington radio station will focus on community engagement | Tom Eblen | Kentucky.com

Tom Eblen: New Lexington radio station will focus on community engagement | Tom Eblen | Kentucky.com | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Tom Eblen

June 21, 2014

 

If Lexington were to have a small, community-oriented radio station, what should its programming be? What roles should it play? Whose voices should be heard?

 

Those are some of the questions being asked by a local group now organizing such a station. They will convene several public meetings to get answers, and the first one is 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 28 at Sayre School's Buttery Building, 194 N. Limestone St.

 

The Federal Communications Commission recently awarded the group a construction permit for a 100-watt FM station. It must be on the air by October 2015 and would have a broadcast radius of 3.5 miles from its transmitter on the Bluegrass Community and Technical College campus at Leestown and New Circle roads.


More here: http://www.kentucky.com/2014/06/21/3303261/tom-eblen-new-lexington-radio.html?sp=/99/164/961/179/
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Radio World: LPFM: "The Little Engine That Could"

Radio World: LPFM: "The Little Engine That Could" | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Leslie Stimson

June 13, 2014

 

The FCC to date has granted more than 1,200 low-power FM applications from the recent filing window, and dismissed hundreds of others.

Audio Division officials gave commissioners an update on LPFM processing at today’s open meeting. The agency received 2,826 applications for new LPFMs since the window closed Oct. 15, 2013. That compares to 3,250 applications filed in the 2000-2001 time-frame.

Audio Division Deputy Chief of Engineering Jim Bradshaw told RW the agency hopes to have the tougher cases, the disputed applications, sorted out by year-end.

More at: http://www.radioworld.com/article/lpfm-the-little-engine-that-could/270879#sthash.esYj72qp.dpuf

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Founders trying to save Savage Radio, the non-profit community radio station

Founders trying to save Savage Radio, the non-profit community radio station | LPFM | Scoop.it
Way down on 89.7 FM is a unique radio station that showcases the community and brings people back to radio.

 

by Anne Stegen

June 11, 2014

 

BAKERSFIELD - Way down on 89.7 FM is a unique radio station that showcases the community and brings people "back" to radio.

KSVG Kern Community Radio--Savage Radio--is in trouble.

 

Savage Radio offers original programming such as iBike Radio, The Earl Parson's Project and Chris the Sound Guy. They tout being the only station to give local musicians air time.

 

Original article here: http://www.turnto23.com/news/local-news/founders-trying-to-save-savage-radio-the-non-profit-community-radio-station-061114

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Emerging From the Shadows Cast Across a River - NYTimes.com

Emerging From the Shadows Cast Across a River - NYTimes.com | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Alan Blinder

June 1, 2014

 

WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — It takes little prodding to draw stories from Larry Manuel about how, before they were the subjects of films and supernatural sightings, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley were just two musicians trying to make it along the Mississippi River.

 

Mr. Manuel, 75, is not a historian. He remembers the two men well because they, as he did, hung around a radio station that, before its 13-year run ended in 1960, carried the call letters KWEM and is now credited with helping to ignite the careers of some of this region’s musical greats, including B. B. King, Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James.

 

But KWEM’s hiatus has ended, perhaps for good. Last week, the largely forgotten station resumed broadcasting as part of a revival effort led by a local community college.

 More here:  http://mobile.nytimes.com/2014/06/02/us/kwem-return-has-west-memphis-reliving-its-role-in-radio-history.html
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PRX Wins This American Life, Good News for Indie Producers

PRX Wins This American Life, Good News for Indie Producers | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Paul Riismandel

May 29, 2014

 

Like an episode of the “Public Radio Dating Game” (or “Pubcast Bachelor” if you prefer a more contemporary reference), five distributors vied for the hand of This American Life. But after all the wining and dining, questions and answers, and slow, slow dances, Ira Glass and company have chosen the Public Radio Exchange.

 

According to the New York Times, SiriusXM and NPR were amongst the five distributors competing for TAL’s affections. Given that there aren’t so many public radio distributors out there, it shouldn’t be hard to fill out the list. Interestingly, SiriusXM was hoping Glass would follow in Howard Stern’s footsteps, abandoning broadcast for the wilder environs of satellite radio, uninhibited by FCC content rules.

 

Glass told the Times that distributors told him that his program should be charging stations more to carry the program, but that isn’t a concern for the show.

 

More here:  http://www.radiosurvivor.com/2014/05/29/prx-wins-american-life-good-news-indie-producers/

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Student-powered KSUB aims to be first 24/7 station serving Hill, Hollow Earth making progress in the CD

Student-powered KSUB aims to be first 24/7 station serving Hill, Hollow Earth making progress in the CD | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Sebastian Garrett-Singh

May 27, 2014

 

Nestled under the concrete of the Seattle University campus, the student-run radio station KSUB is about to expand its presence to a radio wavelength covering most of Capitol Hill.

 

A low powered FM license issued recently by the Federal Communications Commission will allow KSUB volunteers to turn their focus towards adding new equipment, raising funds, as well as grabbing permits to get the operation running.

 

“We don’t know when the station will become operational. Probably a year,” said KSUB advisor and mathematics instructor John Carter. KSUB will look to add new in-studio equipment to buoy the frequency created by a radio tower and transmitter slated for the SU campus.

 

More here:  http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2014/05/student-powered-ksub-aims-to-be-first-247-station-serving-hill-hollow-earth-making-progress-in-the-cd/

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SG B&A committee refuses to vote on Spinnaker Radio fund request for required LPFM broadcast equipment

SG B&A committee refuses to vote on Spinnaker Radio fund request for required LPFM broadcast equipment | LPFM | Scoop.it

by Brandon Thigpen

May 27, 2014

 

Spinnaker Radio requested $38,978.43 from Student Government to fund the construction of a low-power FM (LPFM) radio station that could broadcast approximately in a 3.5 mile radius from campus. No other business was on the agenda for the B&A meeting Thursday evening. 

The request died when no committee member would make a motion to vote on using A&S for the equipment and installation.

 

“I support the idea of the request and the end goal, but I disagree with how the way the Spinnaker wanted to get there,” said Joseph Turner, Student Body President. “This project does not have to be done on the backs of students, with student fee revenue.”

 

The FCC granted Spinnaker Radio permission for a construction permit to obtain and install a LPFM radio transmitter this spring.

 

Scott Young, Spinnaker Radio Station Manager, said out of approximately 2,800 nationwide applicants for construction permits, about 1,200 received a permit and Spinnaker Radio was one of the those approved.

More here:  http://unfspinnaker.com/sg-ba-committee-refuses-to-vote-on-spinnaker-radio-fund-request-for-required-lpfm-broadcast-equipment/

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